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February 11, 2019

FDA doubles options for approved insulin treatment of canine diabetes

It's official: Prozinc's not just for cats anymore. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week that it had approved ProZinc for the treatment of hyperglycemia and clinical signs associated with hyperglycemia in dogs with diabetes mellitus.

December 17, 2018

The Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act to become law this week

While women have historically borne the brunt of domestic violence, as many as 86% of domestic violence survivors have reported that their family pets had been threatened, harmed, or killed by their partners. And as many as 48% said they had delayed leaving a dangerous situation out of concern for their pets’ safety. Yet only only about 3% of domestic violence shelters in the US are currently set up to accommodate companion animals.

March 12, 2018

Nearly a dozen brands of dog food recalled due to potentially toxic levels of vitamin D

On Monday, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) alerted pet owners and veterinary professionals that at least 11 different brands of dog food are recalling their products and that people need to check before feeding any dry food to their dogs. “Testing found that samples of the dog food contained excessive, potentially toxic amounts of vitamin D,” the FDA said

August 27, 2017

Dog sitting debate

A New York City Health Department rule bans anyone from taking money to care for an animal outside a licensed kennel; the rule has long been ignored in the city, but new dog-sitting businesses have caused the department to take a second look at enforcement.

June 27, 2017

FDA makes labeling changes for three critical care medications

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requiring labeling changes to three critical care medications used for people and animals. On June 20, the FDA announced the labeling changes that affect epinephrine injection, isoproterenol hydrochloride injection, and neostigmine methylsulfate injection.

April 06, 2017

Resources to brush up on backyard chickens

The VFD, enacted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, regulates antibiotics used for food-producing animals. This includes backyard chickens, who have been growing in popularity that past several years.

December 15, 2016

How will marijuana legalization affect you?

On Nov. 8, California, Nevada, Maine, and Massachusetts all passed the legalization of recreational marijuana and another four states passed the medical use of marijuana. When legalization passes, veterinarians know that cases of marijuana intoxication also increase. But what else can you expect?

December 08, 2016

Catch up on the buzz surrounding VFD regulations

Starting January 1, 2017, all animals that fall under the Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) have to be prescribed VFD antibiotics through a veterinarian. Bees are food-producing animals, which means they fall under these regulations, whether it is a hobby hive or large commercial operation.

February 01, 2016

Animal abuse offenders being documented at state and federal levels

Animal abuse, like any form of abuse, is unacceptable and this year, such crime statistics will be collected by at least one state, and at the federal level. In Tennessee, the first Animal Abuse Registry in the country launched Jan. 1. On a federal level, In 2016, the FBI will begin to collect statistics of animal cruelty crimes through its National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS), and the data will be available to the public in 2017.

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